CRPD Makes Arrest in Garage Fire/Homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Police have made an arrest in a homicide case where a Cedar Rapids woman died after a fire.

Police say Timothy Evans killed Gina Frederiksen, but they have not said exactly how she died.

The 38-year-old Evans of Cedar Rapids faces several charges including murder, arson, burglary, and robbery -- all of them first degree.

Investigators said Evans around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 29, broke into a detached garage at 1814 I Street SW. Police said he assaulted Frederiksen and then set the garage on fire. A police officer pulled Frederiksen from the burning garage, but she died later.She was 38.

Just a day before, Frederiksen posted about a garage sale in a Cedar Rapids Facebook group. A burned table of items behind the burned garage, and burned pages of books blow around near the scene.

Evans has had many past theft charges, some dating back into the 90s. Evans was recently accused of stealing from a vehicle on April 15.

TV9 has reached out to the family of Frederiksen. Family members say police told them not to go on camera.